Hampton, Virginia CODE ch. 5, art. III, §§ 5-38, 5-43 Sec. 5-43. Unlawful care of feral cats (a) Any person intentionally providing food, water, or other forms of sustenance to a feral cat or feral cat colony must furnish a signed statement to the animal control office agreeing to comply with the following conditions. Those persons who have furnished a signed statement to the animal control officer agreeing to comply with the conditions contained in this section are exempt from the requirements of Article IV of this chapter, entitled dog and cat licenses. (1) Annual registration with the animal control office as a person caring for feral cat(s) or a feral cat colony. There will be no costs associated with this registration. The registrant shall be deemed the owner or custodian of the cat(s) for purposes of this chapter. (2) Provide documentation of support by surrounding neighbors of proposed location for feral cat colony. (3) Assure responsibility and arrangements for feeding and providing emergency veterinarian treatment as needed to the cat or cat colony regularly throughout the year, including weekends, holidays and vacations and in the absence of the caregiver. (4) Regular and frequent trapping through use of humane box traps of cats over the age of eight (8) weeks to have them spayed or neutered. (5) It is highly recommended that all trapped cats be tested for feline leukemia, and to have those who test positive humanely euthanized or isolated indoors. (6) Identify all sterile cats by tipping their ears (tipping to be done by a licensed veterinarian); micro chipping is recommended but not required. (7) Arrange to have all trapped cats spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies in addition to any other vaccination or immunization requirement imposed by the commonwealth. It is recommended that such cats be vaccinated for distemper. (8) Any animal known to have an infectious, untreated disease shall not be released back to the colony or any other outdoor environment where the disease can be spread to uninfected animals. (b) It shall be the duty of an animal control officer or a to issue notice of noncompliance specifying that the caregiver has forty-eight (48) hours to provide a written response including how the colony will be brought into compliance within a ninety-day time period. The caregiver shall make weekly progress reports to the animal control office. (c) Failure to comply with any provision of this section shall constitute a violation of this section as well as section 5-38 and subject to penalties thereof. (Ord. No. 1385, 10-13-04; Ord. No. 1437, 11-15-06; Ord. No. 08-0015, 9-24-08) State law references: Animal laws, Code of Virginia, § 3.2-6538 et seq.; authority of city to adopt ordinance paralleling state dog laws, Code of Virginia, § 3.2-6543. Sec. 5-38. Running at large… (b) Cats. (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any cat owned or kept by him to run or go at large within the city unless the cat is spayed or neutered and properly licensed in accordance with Article IV, sections 5-51 through 5-60 of the Hampton City Code… (5) Cats identified as part of a managed feral cat colony in accordance with the provisions of section 5-43 shall be exempted from the requirements of section 5-38(b)(1) only.
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